Fresh First

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 42 ratings

1637 Southeast 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

(954) 763-3344

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    5 ratingApril 29, 2016

    I just stole a piece of chocolate chip pancakes off of my kid's plate, something I haven't done in a long time. At Fresh First it was possible since it is completely gluten free. This place is great. I highly recommend the chicken and waffles. It was amazing and looked so good it prompted the person at the adjacent table to ask what I had ordered. My wife had the eggs Benedict with turkey bacon which was also great. The kids pancakes were excellent and taste like what I remember real pancakes tasting like. I wish I lived near here to come often. They also have some food (muffins, cookies, chips) you can buy to go.

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    5 ratingMarch 11, 2016

    We had a hard time finding this place, but I am *so* glad that we did!!! I love that the whole restaurant is gluten-free. If I remember right, one of my picky eaters ordered macaroni and cheese. The other one didn't eat much. I ordered a raw sprouted-lentil burger, with huge raw kale leaves as the bun. The burger tasted really good, very "meat-y," even though it was actually raw and vegan. The huge kale leaves were really enormous, but I love kale, so I was okay with that. My kids split the last chocolate chip cookie of the day. I was sad to miss out, so I ordered the chocolate turtle instead, expecting it to be a pale second-best. Wrong! The chocolate turtle was AMAZING!!!! It didn't look like any other chocolate turtle that I have ever seen -- it was mostly a circle of raw vegan caramel (made from blenderized dates), with a layer of gooey chocolate on top -- but it was absolutely fabulous!! I think it was my favorite part of our entire trip to Fort Lauderdale. Yum!!!

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    5 ratingMarch 05, 2016

    Amazing BLT! And wonderful double chocolate chip cookies! Will be back!!!

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    5 ratingFebruary 16, 2016

    Great food, nice and clean dining room. We had a sweetheart of a waitress and although it was lunch time they still made breakfast for us. Eggs Benedict was awesome, waffle with bananas and walnuts was light and fluffy. The Chicken spinach burger was so tasty and the perfect size. Will definitely go back , now worries about contamination here!

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    4 ratingFebruary 16, 2016

    This place is not closed, they are very open and very delicious! I had the chicken burger, a little expensive for such a small sandwich but worth it. I just wish they had beef or pork, all they have is tuna and chicken for meat options. Another downside is that a lot of their food contains soy which is great for vegans but not for someone with hormone imbalance like me!

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    1 ratingJanuary 18, 2016

    They closed this location!

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    5 ratingJanuary 05, 2016

    Great food, great staff and since I have Celiac I feel safe there! It's so nice to order anything off a menu and not worry about getting sick. The mushroom turkey burger is amazing! The grilled chicken sandwich too!

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    5 ratingDecember 06, 2015

    the food was excellent! I've never had fluffy pancakes until this place. I will definitely visit again.

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    5 ratingNovember 08, 2015

    Food is fantastic!! The waffle sandwiches are the best! I don't live in the area but I have been here a few times while traveling and I have never been disappointed!

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    5 ratingOctober 17, 2015

    wonderful food. had the zucchini putanesca with spiralized zucchini. delicious. husband's had a rice bowl that was also good. It is so great to eat great food that is good for me without having to make it myself.

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    5 ratingAugust 07, 2015

    Best gluten free option for out to eat dining that I have ever been to!~ My favorite place to eat love love love the staff and food!!! Amazing!!!!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’›

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    5 ratingJune 18, 2015

    Absolutely heavenly. The eggs Benedict was fabulous. A gem we didn't expect to find on our travels.

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    5 ratingMay 02, 2015

    Amazing food!! I can not even begin to write a review for Fresh First that would do them justice!! Must try!

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    5 ratingApril 02, 2015

    The place is a true gem. Gluten free and the food is excellent. I have celiac disease and gluten effects me greatly. This restaurant is clean, fresh, organic, delicious, and just fabulous. I was in town for four days and went to Fresh First everyday for lunch! Everything I have ordered was delicious. The juices are great too. I would give this place 10star if I could!!

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    5 ratingMarch 31, 2015

    Luckily we found this on our first day here, the food is fabulous, and safe. There is no chance of cross contamination so eating here is stress free. Abby our server was sweet, helpful and a pleasure to speak with. We had the opportunity to speak with one of the owners who was equally pleasant. We will eat breakfast here everyone morning during our stay in Ft. Lauderdale.

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    5 ratingMarch 16, 2015

    I have had celiac now for about 6 years... Just found Fresh First today on vacation and it was THE BEST MOST AMAZING Gluten Free meal I've had since being diagnosed. Everything was delicious from waffle to panini to grilled cheese sandwich (on waffle bread!) I highly recommend anyone GF it's a MUST! I only wish we could have on in New York City

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    5 ratingFebruary 18, 2015

    I can highly recommend the waffle.

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    5 ratingJanuary 27, 2015

    I agree! Please open for dinner. Food is amazing and so nice to not worry about getting sick :)

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    5 ratingOctober 15, 2014

    Congrats FF, you've perfected the GF menu! Now PLEASE open for dinner!!!๐Ÿ˜Š

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    5 ratingOctober 14, 2014

    Visiting from Texas. Found that the restaurants in the greater Ft Lauderdale area are way behind on gluten free provisions. Doesn't seem as important here. However, I ate at this place today and it was awesome. I'm Celiac and I felt very safe here. The food was delicious, the service was excellent!! Definitely recommend Fresh First! I had the cauliflower soup, also diary free, the turkey burger on their homemade bread with sweet potato/red potato salad and a banana muffin. Everything was perfect. Plan on eating there tomorrow too!

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    5 ratingAugust 16, 2014

    This place is like heaven for Celiacs!!! You must try the hot sauce, it's especially good on the potatoes salad!

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    4 ratingApril 30, 2014

    Great staff- good food

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    5 ratingApril 13, 2014

    This place is great! Amazing chicken sandwich and the homemade buns taste awesome!

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    5 ratingApril 05, 2014

    Amazing. Nothing more to say.

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    5 ratingMarch 28, 2014

    Simply awesome. Staff could not be friendlier or more knowledgeable. Everything we had was great and we ordered additional menu items to go.

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    3 ratingFebruary 06, 2014

    Great atmosphere and a very nice staff. I ordered the Tuna Melt with a side of mashed potatoes (mix of sweet potato and another which I don't recall). I do, however, recall the price which was $15.00 for my food and a bottled water (lady went to the back and filled a bottle)! A bit pricey but it was delicious.

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    5 ratingJanuary 26, 2014

    Terrific food! Great atmosphere! A must try! Its great to be able to order anything on the menu! Cannot wait to go again and again!!

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    5 ratingJanuary 02, 2014

    Foote is fresh and delicious. Everything is gluten free.

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    5 ratingDecember 21, 2013

    A fully celiac friendly restaurant. Breakfast all day on Saturday. With a wife who is gluten free and dairy free there are decent and yummy options here.

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    5 ratingDecember 14, 2013

    fresh organic and delicious food. what more can you ask for?

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    5 ratingOctober 17, 2013

    Food is great quality and the variety of the menu can't be beat!

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    5 ratingOctober 04, 2013

    Delicious and totally celiac safe! Sizable menu. They also also have casein free awareness.

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    5 ratingSeptember 27, 2013

    I have only dined at four 'dedicated gluten free' restaurants and all of them were wonderful, but, Fresh First stands out amongst all if them and most regular restaurants as well. The quality of their gluten free food and extensive selection is OUTSTANDING! It's nice to walk into and establishment having the ability to order anything! Their food is local and organic, their desserts are fabulous and the ownership is extremely pleasant. 5 stars and a must visit while in Southern Florida. We can only hope other restaurants follow suit across the country!

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    5 ratingAugust 10, 2013

    The proficiency and extensive education with which this team operates is effortlessly demonstrated in their product which is a healthy, safe, and enjoyable dining experience. While Fresh First is fully equipped to accommodate the gluten savvy diner, it's menu and staff cater to anyone simply wanting a quality healthful meal or snack. Celiac, gluten-sensitive/intolerant or just hungry, this place is ready to meet your needs before they go a bit further and fulfill your dietary wishes. This is not only for the gluten conscious diner, although we can get lost in the freedom of choices, within these walls you will find the most deliciously unique cookies! Nowhere else will you find a GF baker who uses their own handmade flour in a customized blend! Want "cruise ship quality cuisine" in a soup, salad, and sandwich place? Walk in to Fresh First and let them show you what they can do. Thank you Fresh First for a safe meal that sacrificed nothing because it was GF. BRAVO!

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    5 ratingAugust 10, 2013

    Wonderful gluten free establishment! My wife (a Celiac) was on cloud nine!...We had never before been to a dedicated GF restaurant where she could have ANYTHING on the menu & not worry about cross-contamination. The food was great & the staff was very nice & knowledgeable (GF trained). The owner & her daughter (who makes their own GF flour) talked with us & truly cared about our visit. My wife & I had not had such wonderful baked desserts since she had to go gluten free 4 years ago. I would go back just for the chocolate chip cookie! A must visit "heaven" for anyone who is a celiac, or just wants to be gluten free. We hope there will be more establishments like this & locations to come in the future.

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    2 ratingAugust 06, 2013

    Great food, but the service if you show up within 25 minutes of closing is pretty bad... everything is closed down, almost nothing available, and no one is helpful. this is at 445 in the afternoon... but still.

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    4 ratingJuly 26, 2013

    Very celiac friendly and nice atmosphere. We had smoothies, BLTs with waffles and cheese panini, all very tasty.


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